Dia de los Muertos – Virtual Altars

In other years, Dia de los Muertos in San Francisco would mean a November 2nd community celebration honoring the dead, with altars in a local park and a candlelight procession through the streets of the Mission District.

In the face of the Covid pandemic, the Marigold Project has moved the 2020 commemoration online, with beautiful elemental altars created by local artists.

Click here to view the 2020 altars, photographed by Noah Berger for the Chronicle.

Stolen Lives – 2004 SF Vigil

Photos from a 2004 vigil outside the SF Metreon called Stolen Lives: Killed by Law Enforcement – a forerunner of Black Lives Matter. Reclaiming folks helped create a living altar.

Click here to see slide show

Stolen Lives was organized by community activists from Hunters Point neighborhoods.

Reclaiming folks including Kevyn, Bill, Starhawk, and others brought potted plants to create a living altar. You can see the Pagan Cluster circled up to the left in the shot below, and creating altars in others in the slide show.

Photos by George Franklin/Reclaiming Quarterly

Spiral Dance 2020 Moves Online

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Dear Reclaiming Community,

Due to the pandemic, the 41st Annual Spiral Dance ritual will be held online on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, 2020.

We hope you will join us on this blue moon, a mere three days before the election.

We in the Spiral Dance Cell decided to act with an abundance of caution to protect our Pagan community. We will be reaching out very soon with more information as to how you may participate in this life-changing magical working.

Yours in Service,

The Spiral Dance Organizing Cell

Info & Updates: ReclaimingSpiralDance.org

Photo copyright 2020 Michael Rauner

Youtube – A Brief History of Direct Action!

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Direct action has a long and honored place in American history – from the revolution itself through abolitionists, suffragists, union organizers, civil rights advocates, feminist and gay rights activists, and on to today’s vibrant climate and social justice organizing.

Click here for A Brief History of Direct Action

Join author Luke Hauser for a profusely illustrated 25-minute journey through our past. We’ll focus especially on organizing from 1980 to the present, with sections on the 1980s anti-nuke movement and 2011’s Occupy actions.

Originally created around 2000, the show has been updated with a revised text and many new images. Co-created by Groundwork and Reclaiming Quarterly.

So make a big bowl of popcorn, pull up your beanbag chair, and get ready for a journey through our history!

Photo by Janet Delaney

Pagan Cluster Joins Extinction Rebellion Actions – Photos

Several hundreds people gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center on October 16, 2019 for a solemn procession punctuated by die-ins, as part of a day of Climate Justice protests.
The action, organized by Bay Area Extinction Rebellion as part of international protests during October 2019, included people from Red Rebels, Decolonization, Playful Animal Parade, Mindful Direct Action, the Climate Anxiety Tent, DAWG, and WICCA (Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action – our Bay Area Pagan Cluster!).
The actions focused attention on California government and Governor Newsom, and demanded that the state:
–  Declare a climate emergency
–  Commit to fossil-free California by 2025
–  Empower communities through citizen’s assemblies
–  Work for a just transition
Future Actions and Events: extinctionrebellionsfbay.org
WICCA/Pagan Cluster – contact and join our googlegroup
Photo by Luke Hauser.
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Pagan Cluster – Ritual for Climate Justice

Several thousand Bay Area activists shut down the central financial district of San Francisco, known as Wall Street West.

Click here for photos

The September 25 actions were part of international climate justice events, including the global student strike on September 20.

Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster – Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action, or WICCA – organized a ritual for mid-afternoon. We processed down California Street singing We Are the Rising Sun, then did a short Equinox ritual in the middle of the “mural district” of Montgomery Street, ending with a spiral dance to Our Hands Will Work for Peace and Justice (Harvest Chant).

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Global Youth Strike for Climate Justice

Young people around the world rallied, struck, and took direct action for Climate Justice on Friday, September 20.

Anchored by the Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, and other groups, this day of action challenged people and governments to take action now.

Photos from San Francisco youth march

For details, visit BayAreaClimateStrike.net and GlobalClimateStrike.net

Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster, WICCA (Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action!), will participate and support this day of actions in downtown San Francisco

Other Reclaiming folks will be active in other locales.

On Wednesday Sept 25, WICCA hosted an Equinox Ritual as part of a global day for Climate Justice.

See poster below for details, or email ReclaimingEastBay@gmail.com for info and to join our WICCA googlegroup!

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